WW Wednesday in DC

What a beautiful day!

My SAH Mommas group spent the day in the city walking around the monuments. Since there were 3 little ones, we didn’t get all that much sight seeing in but it was such a beautiful day we didn’t care! 🙂 We met at the Smithsonian metro stop and worked are way around the Washington Monument, WWII Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. We had to stop a few times for diaper changes and feedings but we didn’t mind. It was such a beautiful day outside that the fresh air and breeze was relaxing.

It would have been a perfect trip if was able to find where I had parked a little easier. I remembered where I parked, I just couldn’t find it. I swore it was GG5 but all I could find was G5 and no car. Then I realized that I turned in the wrong direction when I got off the elevator and there are two separate garages. P was so cute watching me try to find the car 🙂 I am glad he didn’t really know what was going on!

Here are some of my favorite shots for of the day!

First outside bump metro ride! 

Enjoying the breeze! He absolutely loved looking around. 

Real men wear pink! Mommy remembered everything but a hat. It’s okay though, he didn’t like the carrier  (or the hat) very much. He preferred to stay in the stroller and look around while playing with Frey! 

I can’t share my weight loss today because our scale is broken :/ I promise to report back next week with a hopefully nice loss. I wanted to get down to 200 lbs by the end of this month so I have just a few more days to achieve that! I am getting better each day with figuring out how to eat healthy and be a SAHM. It’s amazing how much more food for you bang you can get when choosing healthy options.

I decided to really test this theory out and put together breakfast, lunch and two snacks the night before.

Nature Valley granola bar, Yoplait, tuna sandwich, fruit cup, apple, cheese and crackers and carrots =  26 points! 

I can’t believe all the food I got for only 26 points leaving me with 19 for dinner and an evening snack. A Burger King Whopper and fries come in around the same number of points. Of course, the above menu is lacking some chocolate but I can add a Skinny Cow candy bar for only another 2 points. This also includes 2 dairy, 3 fruit, 1 vegetable and protein.

I did want to share a really helpful article that I found on one of my favorite pregnancy/mommy blogs. It’s titled, How Real Moms Lose Weight, and can be found here. I can agree that it is so hard to find time for me, that when I do finally get it, exercising isn’t really top of my list. I have found ways to exercise while tending to P which include weights while breastfeeding!

31 Days

I am always looking for new link ups to participate in to not only get my blog out there but also give me topics to write about. Through a fellow blogger, I discovered a new challenge called, 31 Days. This is completely up my alley and couldn’t have come at a better time. 

At almost 23 weeks PP, although loosing 30+ lbs, I am still 16 away from my pre pregnancy weight and about 62 lbs overweight. I keep trying to get motivated and focused but about 3 days into my week I lose it. Partly because being a Mom doesn’t allow for conventional meal times or the ability to get a good workout in. But it’s mostly because of me, no excuses. I only have a few pictures of me and my baby boy which makes my heart break. 
The purpose of this challenge is to find a topic to blog about for the 31 days of October. I have decided to focus on myself and the focus of my 31 days will be 31 days to a happier & healthier me – mentally, physically and emotionally. To help me stay focused, I am going to brainstorm topics and choose 31 of them to write on Popsicle sticks. Every morning I will choose one and focus on that for the day and write about it that night. 
Some of the topics I have started to think about are:
– Write a list of veggies that I do like and find recipes to incorporate them into my lunches, snacks and dinners
– Put on make up, do my hair and take a few snap shots of myself
– Get a massage and spend the time relaxing and “finding my inner Zen”
– Track my liquids for the day and reflect on how I feel (any changes?)
– Take an hour walk with Parker and tell him stories of his Daddy and me
– Research exercises I can do with Parker
– Find a Mommy and Me yoga class and try it out
– Go through my closet and pick some of my favorite outfits I use to wear and will again someday
– Design a week menu that includes ALL of WW healthy guidelines and stick to it
– Color my hair
– No TV for a day, instead listen to iTunes and make a playlist that makes me feel good
– Unplug for a day (no TV, phone, computer) and sit outside with P and read a book
– Spend the 4 Friday’s making a dessert that is healthy but a fun treat that curbs my chocolate craving
– Research different organic vitamins and start a new regiment
– Research cleaning checklists and develop a realistic one to follow 
– Dinner date night with the hubs
– Watch my wedding video, look at scrapbooks and pictures
Okay, more topics to come. For now, it’s time to get some beauty sleep while P is sleeping. My next step is creating my button for it and finishing my topics! 

WW Wednesday

Well only a few short weeks ago I wrote this post promising that this go around with Weight Watchers will be different. Of course, I find myself staring at my weight tracker realizing that I haven’t gotten to a meeting in over a month.

I thought wanting to lose weight would be enough of an incentive but am finding that it isn’t. I decided to resort back to a few of the things that helped me lose almost 50 lbs last time.

The first, is to have a set date in mind with a certain weight goal. I chose February 28th which I will explain why in a moment. I also chose 140 lbs as my goal weight. This means I need to lose 60 lbs in 6 months. That is a high ambition but between breast feeding, being home and the ability to challenge myself, I think I can make it happen. The key will be not to cut out tons of food, but eat tons of food that are healthy and low in WW points. I certainly don’t want my supply to tank!

The second, have an event or something important to look forward to. This is why I chose February 28th. I recently purchased a Living Social Deal for Glamour Shots. The voucher expires February 28th so I have exactly 6 months to get my butt in gear! I wanted to have some pictures taken before Rob and I are ready to grow our family even more.

The third, is to make a calendar countdown so I can see my progress and how much time I have left. I take poster board and after a little math, drawing tons of straight lines with a ruler and some old photos of me at my goal weight, I have visual inspiration every time I wake up in the morning.

I am hoping that I can finally get myself focused. I am finding that I don’t have a lot of pictures with P because I am so unhappy with the way I look. I will never forgive myself if I look back 10, 20 even 30 years from now and regret that over something I HAVE COMPLETE CONTROL OVER!

Toddle Along Tuesday ~ Favorite Recipe

I’ll be honest, cooking just isn’t my thing. I really wish it was because when I do take the time, I really enjoy it! Since I am now a Domestic Engineer employed by the Meyer Home, cooking is a top priority in my job description. This is where the most amazing invention has become crucial in my life, the Crock-Pot.

It is so easy to make amazing meals without a lot of time in the kitchen. I am always on the hunt for yummy recipes so I will share my favorite with all of the Toddle Along Tuesday followers.

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
6 hours with only 10 minutes of prep
Serves 4

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 medium onion (sliced thinly)

1. Cut the onion in half and slice into half rings. Line the bottom of the crock pot with the slices
2. Trim the chicken breasts and place on top the onions

1 cup Honey BBQ sauce
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp yellow mustard
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 pinch salt

3. Mix all sauce ingredients together and pour on top of the chicken and onions
4. Cook for 6 hours on low
5. When the chicken is nice and soft, tear apart into shreds using 2 forks (or a special gadget if you have one)

We love to serve the pulled chicken on sandwich thins with mac&cheese on the side!

For all those WW fans out there, a serving of this yummy goodness has 202 calories, 1.4 grams of fat, 26.4 grams of carbohydrates and 21.9 grams of protein adding up to only 5 points!

WW – Week Three

Well I gained this week, 2.2 to be exact. Although that isn’t a loss, I still celebrated. Normally, knowing that I gained, I would have skipped the meeting. Instead, I took a perfectly content infant out of their crib, got them dressed, fed and packed them up and made the 20 minute journey to my WW meeting. For this, I was extremely proud of myself and I think it has really motivated me for this week.

On a side note, P did such a good job at his first meeting!